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NFL Considering Overtime Change for Playoffs

NEW ORLEANS - JANUARY 24:  Brett Favre #4 (C) and Tavaris Jackson #7 of the Minnesota Vikings look on dejected from the bench late in the game against the New Orleans Saints during the NFC Championship Game at the Louisiana Superdome on January 24, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Eric D. MajeskiCorrespondent IFebruary 28, 2010

NFL spokesman Greg Aiello announced Saturday that the NFL will consider a new overtime policy for playoff games.

The new proposal would still allow the first team with the ball to win by scoring a touchdown, but if they scored only a field goal then the other team would get one chance to win the game. If the second team with the ball ties the game, then sudden death rules would be applied again and the next score would win the game.

This would be the first major change to the system since it was implemented in 1974. The proposal will be officially given at the NFL meetings in late March, where a vote will be taken.

The overtime procedure has been a hot topic the last few years and the NFC Championship has added even more fuel to the fire.

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